International Partnerships

Fostering better nutrition

Poor nutrition affects the most vulnerable, particularly children and women, the poorest and the least educated; these are the people who stand to gain the most from improved nutrition. Good nutrition is a basic human right, as well as a precondition for the realisation of an individual’s full potential.

Most recent trends in hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition show that more than 820 million people in the world today are still hungry, that's more than 10% of the world population.

The EU is taking a comprehensive approach to supporting partner countries to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition. In doing so, the EU focuses on 4 main problems: food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and inequality, and degradation of natural resources.

We have been working with 42 partner countries to improve nutrition and related health conditions with a particular focus on child nutrition.

The EU's Action Plan on Nutrition outlines how we plan to reach our commitment of reducing stunting in children under five by at least 10% (7 million children) of the World Health Assembly goal by 2025.

The Action Plan addresses strategic objectives in the areas of governance, scaled up interventions and research and how these objectives will be reached. It underlines the need to work closely with development players and partner countries.

Since the First Progress Report, analysis of stunting progress has focused on the original group of 40 countries that prioritised nutrition in their cooperation with the EU. The latest estimates indicate that the anticipated number of children averted from stunting from 2012 to 2025 is 4.9 million across the 40 countries. This is a slight increase on the estimated 4.7 million of 2018.

Country profiles and Country child stunting trends

Nutrition Map

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